Valencia edges Valladolid to end winless streak in Spain

Jota of Real Valladolid and Carlos Soler of Valencia in action during the La Liga Santander match between Real Valladolid CF and Valencia CF at Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla on January 10, 2021 in Valladolid, Spain.

Valencia ended an eight-game winless streak and moved further from the relegation zone with a 1-0 win at Valladolid in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Carlos Soler scored in the 76th minute with a shot from outside the area to give Valencia its first league victory since a 4-1 rout of Real Madrid in November.

Valencia had a late goal by Manu Vallejo disallowed after video review and Valladolid nearly equalized when substitute Sergi Guardiola hit the woodwork with a header in stoppage time.

The away victory moved Valencia to 13th place with 19 points from 18 matches. It was sitting just outside the relegation zone entering the weekend. Valladolid stayed in 16th place.

Atletico Madrid remains atop the league after its game against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday was postponed because of heavy snow in the Spanish capital.

Also Saturday, Real Madrid moved a point off the lead after a 0-0 draw at relegation-threatened Osasuna, while Barcelona jumped to third place after routing Granada 4-0 with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann scoring a pair of goals each. Atletico has three games in hand over its closest rivals.

The Real Madrid squad was stuck in northern Spain following its match against Osasuna because of the bad weather conditions in Madrid.

Cadiz ended a five-game winless streak by defeating 10-man Alaves 3-1.

The promoted club from southern Spain was coming off two consecutive draws and three losses in La Liga. Its last league win had been at home against Barcelona in December.

Alex Fernandez put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute and Joselu equalized for Alaves from the penalty spot in the 23rd before Anthony Lozano netted in the 56th and Alvaro Negredo added to the lead the 68th.

Alaves, winless in its past three matches in all competitions, had defender Alberto ``Tachi'' Rodriguez sent off with a second yellow card in the 50th.

Cadiz stayed in ninth place with the victory. Alaves was 15th.

Jose Luis Morales scored a goal and set up another as Levante rallied in the second half to defeat Eibar 2-1.

Veteran Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui put the visitors ahead in the 51st but Morales set up Gonzalo Melero's equalizer in the 65th and scored the winner in the 76th.

The victory moved Levante to 10th place. Eibar was 14th.

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